Song In Relation To The Vietnam War English Language Essay

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In Bob Dylan's Master of War he expresses the anger of that time. He directly tells the people who make money off of war how he feels about them. The song starts off slow and gradually builds in anger. He starts off a bit kinder, and then at the end he says that "Even Jesus would never, Forgive what you do"

The first verse starts by addressing so called "masters of war." In other words, the people who make money off war. This includes government and the weapons companies who have contracts with the government. He says that they are killing people and wasting lives. The next line goes on to say that they cover up what they are doing and they hide from the public. "You that hide behind walls, you that hide behind desks" The last two lines say that the government is not fooling anyone.

The second verse goes deeper into this. He says that the people who want war destroy what others have built. Dylan says that war is a Rich man's war and a Poor man's fight. This means that the poor people are the ones who have to fight and are the ones giving their lives while the rich people just make more war. "You play with my world, like it's your little toy."

The third verse starts to hurl insults at the government. They are called liars and deceivers. The verse depicts how most Americans felt about the government. It tells you about the credibility gap. The credibility gap was a gap between the government and the people. After the Tet Offensive the trust between the people and the U.S. Government began to fade. Until then the government had been saying that the U.S. was winning the war. After the Tet Offensive people realized that the government had been lying to them the whole time. This made them mad." Like Judas of old, you lie and deceive."

The fourth verse starts off by saying that the government is okay with letting people die. He says that the government is a coward and that they won't go out there and fight for themselves but they make others do it. Dylan says that in the end, lives are wasted. "Then you set back and watch, when the death count gets higher."

The fifth verse is pretty simple. Dylan thinks that the government is threatening the kids of the people. "For threatening my baby, Unborn and unnamed."

The sixth verse is talking about the free speech movement. "How much do I know, to talk out of turn, you might say that I'm young, you might say I'm unlearned" People protested against the government and the government said that protesters were communist. You also have to be really bad to make Jesus make at you

The last two verses are just outright rude. Both of them say that the want the "masters of war to die. "And I hope that you die, and your death'll come soon"

In Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's Ohio the song talks about the Ohio State massacre. Masses of anti war supporters (Communists according to the government) gathered for a massive protest against the war. They protested in front of the college. Eventually the U.S. government sent in troop to stop the protesters. Nobody knows why the troop started shooting. Not even the troops themselves know why. They say they heard a shot and thought they were being fired apon. In the end 4 people ended up dead, 2 of whom weren't even protesters. This government brutality horrified people all over the nation and inspired Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to write this song, Ohio.

"Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, we're finally on our own." This refers to the troops at the Ohio State Massacre. Nixon was the president at the time. The second half says that there is no government to protect the people anymore. The government is the one trying to kill them. Before the massacre if there was a threat to "national security" the government would have taken care of it but now the government is the threat.

"This summer I hear the drumming, four dead in Ohio." In this line they are saying that they have heard about this everywhere. On the news, TV, radio, from people. The second half is simple but it carries an important message. Four dead in Ohio. This is what angered most ordinary people. The fact that the government, the one that had sworn to protest its people, had killed them. And not just protesters, they had killed innocent civilians.

"Gotta get down to it, Soldiers are cutting us down, Should have been done long ago." These next three lines are about the soldiers and the shooting. They killed ordinary people. According to them we should support the war or we'll die too. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young say that we should have died a long time ago since no one supports the war any more.

"What if you knew her, and found her dead on the ground, how can you run when you know?" This is about the parents and the friends of the people who died. They are telling you to think about how they felt. Heartbroken and angry.

The constant repetition of these lines, especially four dead in Ohio, shows that that is the message that they want you to get. It is what angered people the most and it is what matters to most of the people. Four dead in Ohio. The loss of human lives is expressed with that one sentence. People who never did anything wrong. People who protested peacefully under the right guaranteed to them by the government. People who were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. The massacre that resulted in this horrible result. Four dead in Ohio.

The song I used

Masters of War

Bob Dylan

Come you masters of war

You that build all the guns

You that build the death planes

You that build the big bombs

You that hide behind walls

You that hide behind desks

I just want you to know

I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'

But build to destroy

You play with my world

Like it's your little toy

You put a gun in my hand

And you hide from my eyes

And you turn and run farther

When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old

You lie and deceive

A world war can be won

You want me to believe

But I see through your eyes

And I see through your brain

Like I see through the water

That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers

For the others to fire

Then you set back and watch

When the death count gets higher

You hide in your mansion

As young people's blood

Flows out of their bodies

And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear

That can ever be hurled

Fear to bring children

Into the world

For threatening my baby

Unborn and unnamed

You ain't worth the blood

That runs in your veins

How much do I know

To talk out of turn

You might say that I'm young

You might say I'm unlearned

But there's one thing I know

Though I'm younger than you

Even Jesus would never

Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question

Is your money that good

Will it buy you forgiveness

Do you think that it could

I think you will find

When your death takes its toll

All the money you made

Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die

And your death'll come soon

I will follow your casket

In the pale afternoon

And I'll watch while you're lowered

Down to your deathbed

And I'll stand o'er your grave

'Til I'm sure that you're dead


Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,

We're finally on our own.

This summer I hear the drumming,

Four dead in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it

Soldiers are cutting us down

Should have been done long ago.

What if you knew her

And found her dead on the ground

How can you run when you know?

Gotta get down to it

Soldiers are cutting us down

Should have been done long ago.

What if you knew her

And found her dead on the ground

How can you run when you know?

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,

We're finally on our own.

This summer I hear the drumming,

Four dead in Ohio.